House committee recommends extra $1.2M for USCB

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 22, 2013 

The S.C. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee finalized a budget recommendation that would give an extra $1.2 million to the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

USCB Chancellor Jane Upshaw appeared before a House subcommittee last month urging lawmakers to fix funding inequities among state universities.

The university gets $940 per full-time state-resident student compared to an average of $2,487 at the 10 public teaching-sector universities in South Carolina, according to USC data.

The budget also included an additional $250,000 each for both USC Upstate and USC Aiken, according to Upshaw. In all cases, the increases were in recurring state funding for operations, she said.

USCB also received an additional $1.1 million in federal funds, for a total recommended budget of $26.85 million.

Upshaw had asked the committee to support a request for $8.3 million in next year's state budget for the USC system to bring spending to the statewide average -- $2.24 million of which would have gone to USCB.

USCB officials have said parents and local residents are being shorted about $2.2 million each year based on a state formula that has not been adjusted to account for enrollment growth.

Upshaw, in a Friday email to USCB supporters, thanked the committee, particularly Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston, chairman of the House's Higher Education Subcommittee.

The budget now moves to the House floor for debate.

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